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Bret Bielema's tenure at Wisconsin has been a highly successful one thus far.
As far as the head-to-head matchup is concerned, both teams will be led into the game by highly successful coaches with very different styles.
On the one hand is Bret Bielema, who has amassed a 49-15 record at Wisconsin, including a 2-2 mark in bowl games, since taking over for coaching legend Barry Alvarez in 2006.
As an alumnus of the University of Iowa football program and a former assistant coach for the Hawkeyes from 1993 until 2001, Bielema brings with him a strong Big Ten pedigree. His team reflects this history, playing the type of smash mouth football with a power running game that's indicative of the conference's storied history.
Gary Patterson, on the other hand, comes from a somewhat less prestigious coaching background, having been an assistant coach at schools like Kansas State and New Mexico before landing the defensive coordinator gig at TCU.
Patterson took over as the Horned Frogs' head coach in 2000 after Dennis Franchione took off for Alabama and hasn't looked back since. In that span, Patterson's teams have posted seven 10-win seasons and 97 wins overall, making him the second winningest coach in the program's 114 year history.
TCU's success under Patterson has been predicated on defense, an area in which the Horned Frogs' head coach has proven to be an innovator with his unusual but extremely effective 4-2-5 scheme.
In short, this game should make for a rather intriguing meeting of the minds in Pasadena.